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Ras Ammar Nsoroma

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Muralist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Indigo
Favorite Food:
Black Bean Soup
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Know Thyself.

Birthplace

Born:
6/20/1967
Birth Location:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Muralist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Indigo
Favorite Food:
Black Bean Soup
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Know Thyself.

Birthplace

Born:
6/20/1967
Birth Location:
Milwaukee
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Biography

An artist known for his murals, Ras Ammar Nsoroma was born Kevin Wayne Tate on June 20, 1967 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When he was only a teenager, Nsoroma became aware of the work of Reynaldo Hernandez, an inner-city mural artist, which inspired him. Nsoroma graduated from the Milwaukee High School of the Arts in 1985 and attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Nsoroma completing his first mural as a senior in high school.

In the late 1980s, Nsoroma moved to Chicago and studied at Chicago’s School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He returned to Wisconsin and began working as an artist, designing three-dimensional murals on the Fond du Lac Avenue overpass for the north and south wing walls and bridge abutments. In 2000, two of Nsoroma’s murals were nominated for inclusion in the book, Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride: African American Murals, a collection of 200 murals spanning three decades of African American mural art. In 2004, Nsoroma designed a mural to celebrate the radio station 1290 WMCS-AM’s 25th anniversary of African American community programming; entitled The Tradition Continues. Nsoroma utilized photographs and created a compilation of twenty-five portraits of men and women who participated in the growth of the station.

Nsoroma has painted more than forty murals, including pieces in Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., as well as his hometown of Milwaukee.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ras Ammar Nsoroma's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes his aunt's practice of Islam
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma remembers his conversion to Islam
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes his father's reasons for leaving Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes his parents' marriage and separation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes his parents' personalities and his likeness to his mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma remembers the 20th Street School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma recalls moving frequently in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma remembers his early drawings
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma recalls his art classes at the Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma remembers drawing the King Fearless Comics series
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes the Hawley Road School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes his early experiences of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma remembers the blaxploitation films of his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma remembers his mentors and influences
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes his artwork during high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma remembers his first public murals
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes Bay View High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes the creation of the Milwaukee High School of the Arts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma recalls his disciplinary problems in elementary school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes his art training during high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma recalls his scholarship to the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes his art education and internship in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma remembers his political influences
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes the Pan-African Revolutionary Socialist Party
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma remembers the Black Arts Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma remembers travelling with Emerson Matabele
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes his decision to pursue a career in art
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes his work with the Chicago Public Art Group
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of Ras Ammar Nsoroma's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma remembers painting 'The Circle Journey'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes his mural, 'Patchwork'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma reflects upon his artistic influences
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma recalls studying the Yoruba religion
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes his artistic philosophy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes his work with the Wisconsin Black Historical Society
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes his work with the Walker's Point Center for the Arts
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma reflects upon his depictions of religious figures
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes his murals for the Ausar Auset Society
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma talks about the cost and time frames of his murals
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma talks about the murals in Milwaukee's America's Black Holocaust Museum
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes the Marquette Interchange mural, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma talks about the Marquette Interchange mural, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma talks about his mural, 'The Resurrection of Watts'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma remembers his exhibition, 'JuJu'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes his plans for the future
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma talks about his organization involvement
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma talks about his wife and children
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Ras Ammar Nsoroma narrates his photographs